A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife


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Sent by NASA scientist Henry M. Harris

Dear Dr. Zammit: (full text)

I'm a retied NASA scientist* who's been interested in your work for many years. I'd like to give you my thoughts on this with the hope that some kind of useful dialog might eventually result.

Information that you and others have provided suggest that the current physical model of science is incomplete. Gravity was just as mysterious until we realized the connection between mass, space and time. Likewise, until Benjamin Franklin was able to capture an electrical charge in a leyden jar, lightening was just a mysterious force created by the Gods. My experience with science has convinced me that mysterious phenomenon is only knowledge waiting to be captured and understood in a broader context.

You probably know that in the frontiers of physics today there is a realization that the universe we see with our eyes is only part of a much broader and more complicated scheme. Most physicists today believe that the universe has more dimensions that we can directly experience and it even seems probable that there are other universes with different physical properties.

I suspect that the root cause of why paranormal experiences that you describe do not fit into the standard model of physics is that we have a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of life. Many scientists used to think that life on Earth was just a fluke, an improbable occurrence that happened only once. This opinion is served by the fact that life is not really understood at a basic level by science.

It's my opinion there will soon be a revolution in physics, enabled by new understanding of a multidimensional universe, one that melds with the concept of life. I think even now we can add some detail to this idea.

What is the purpose of the brain? Current science says it integrates sensory data into a synthesis of our four dimensional environment whereupon decisions can be made relevant to goals among other things. On the other hand, we know that the universe almost certainly has more dimensions than four. I think it's a reasonable assumption that the brain itself has more dimensions, an aspect that would perhaps give us abilities that seem nonsensical, like seeing into the future or traveling in physical planes beyond our own.

If this is true, then there's probably a masking function of the brain that allows us to concentrate on "normal" spacetime in the interests of survival in 4-space. This idea fits well with the stories I've read of people who have had brain damage who seem to have sensory capabilities that transcend time and space. It's also possible that certain drugs may break down this masking function.

If this is true, then it's possible that death only destroys the part of consciousness that exists in four dimensions and frees the higher dimensions. Birth, then, might seen as a joining of an entity's higher dimensional existence with an ordinary space-time body, the instrumentality of normal existence.

I'm hoping that ideas like these might suggest experiments designed to improve science's understanding of life within our multidimensional universe. This might suggest explanations for unbelievable experiences, and might even provide a path that could be used to expand the frontiers of science in general.

In short, I'm one of these crazy people who thinks that unexplained phenomenon is simply science waiting to be discovered.


Henry M. Harris

*See for book about me and my work called "The Search for Truth and Life in a Very Big Universe."